Leapfrog Number Lovin’ Oven– We don’t have room for a play kitchen in our house so this little talking oven is a real life/spacesaver
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway Set– SOO happy that I kept all the tracks and trains from the twin’s big bro ( are they ever expensive)! They love them as much as he did.
Megablocks Big Building Bag– WOW do all three kids enjoy these. The twins are well on their way to being master builder and their brother loves helping them make elaborate constructions! Next stop- LEGO!
IKEA Lockig Potty– Cheap and cheerful. Let the potty training fun begin.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”– This is a favourite book in our house and a fun, rythmic way of teaching the alphabet.
Beanie Boos– All three kids are OBSESSED withe these big eyes plushies.
Sephora Makeup Brushes– While purging my way though all the stuff in my bathroom cabinets, I realized that I was using makeup brushes that were at least 5 years old and many were much older than that. I decided to purchase a totally new set from Sephora, which are infused with charcoal powder, which has antimicrobial properties.
Mom-preneaur Liliana Tureck wanted to create clothing that reflected how a woman’s body changes after children and as she ages. She also wanted comfortable and flattering yet supportive shapeware that didn’t feel like bondage so she created Svelte Shapewear– “Svelte products are the result of fabric, fit and style working together”. Designed in Montreal, Svelte items are made with built-in four way stretch Spandex which makes for the most comfortable non-restrictive shape wear I have ever tried.
Since having the twins, my abs haven’t been…well… really abs any more. I can’t seem to get rid of that skin/fat pooch (If you have had kids and especially if you have had a c-section you get it) and I am super self-consious about it. When given the chance to choose a piece from the Svelte website to review, I headed right for the jeans. I had been looking for a new pair of skinnies because jeans are my uniform in my casual office environment. When they arrived, I knew that I had chosen wisely- these jeans are wonderful. They are SO insanely comfortable and soft; they feel like sweatpants but the spandex panel comes up nice and high and keeps me feeling smooth and tucked in without being too constricted.
The first time I wore them, I was so excited that I kept pulling up my top to show the panel for all my female friends and colleagues and they were so impressed with the style and the slimming power. The back has perfectly placed pockets and the length is perfect for me (may run a bit long for shorter girls) and they have small slits at the ankle that help elongate the look of the leg.
My only initial concern was a dye smell that really permeated the pants until after a couple of washes but that is a small thing for such comfortable and flattering pants! I am totally coveting several other pieces from their collection, especially the Leather Spike leggings and the Pencil Skirt.
Svelte Shapewear is available online and ships for free on orders over $55 in Canada with 30 day free returns (they ship internationally as well) and are also available at stores across the country (which are listed on their website) Right now, if you order online, you get 20% off your first purchase! DO it! You can thank me later 😉
** This product was provided to me free of charge for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
I have been a subscriber of goop since the beginning because I love Gwyneth Paltrow’s clean, crisp clothing style. Honestly- her uniform post from several years ago is still a go-to for me. I am still a subscriber but over the years as goop has developed as a “lifestyle” brand, I have certainly stopped being an avid reader. The problem that I have is the same as a lot of other people- the site just SMACKS of privilege; almost everything featured is insanely expensive and it seems out of touch with the lives of most women (steaming ones vagina?? Really??? That cannot be healthy)
When I was sent Goop Clean Beauty by the publisher, Hachette Book Group Canada, I was willing to attempt to look at it without any preconceived notions. It was January and who doesn’t love a good lifestyle book to start the New Year with? I was certainly curious if the book would be accessible to the 99% who aren’t Hollywood royalty….
My first impression of the book was how clean (no pun intended) and stylish the layout design was. It was like your favourite Instagrammer who uses a lot of flat-lay pictures- perfect and styled within an inch of its life. I did have to chuckle a bit that kale leaves were prominently featured on the dedication page.
While the credit for the book goes to the staff of goop, GP “curated’ the book so naturally the introduction was penned by her. In it, she extols the virtues of natural self-preservation and aging gracefully while feeling as good as possible both inside and out. So far I am on board. She addresses all the negative products in so many beauty products and stresses how bad “toxins” are for the body (this feels a bit like an ad for goop by Juice Beauty)
GP has gotten a lot of flack by members of the medical community about her detox cleanses and she clearly wants to clarify her position here by stressing that her detox focuses on clean eating (i.e eating nothing fun at all) and not juice cleanses or fasts. Thea Baumann (the resident goop chef), provides 24 recipes for clean eating, many of which look pretty yummy (I am for sure trying the Steamed Fish with Dashi and Soba Noodles and all the chopped salads). However…. there is a recipe for hot water and lemon.. Seriously?
A list of superfoods and antioxidants are included here which is hardly new territory but its nice to have all the info in one place if you are into that sort of thing (I am sort of on the fence, personally)
Of course Tracey Anderson also shows. I am as envious as anyone of GP’s figure but Tracey’s “method” is not super feasible for me as much as I wish it were. (working out for an hour a day would be amazing if I had that sort of time)
One thing that I was very interested in was the section addressing supplements and foods that help with hair, skin and nails. I took some of the advice and started talking a Biotin and have noticed a difference with my hair, especially. The beauty section is very blunt about how skin and haircare products work and that the real permanent changes and improvements come from what you put in your body rather than what you put on it. YES! This was probably my favourite section.
The the section that focuses on hair styles and makeup is a bit silly, especially in the era of YouTube tutorials. How to do a cat eye and a ponytail? Huh?
Another section that I was really interested in was about sleep- about how much you need, how to get the most out of sleep, the importance of naps for adults (HA- vindication! I LOVE naps) and how lack of sleep can affect your body. I am working on implementing some of the suggestions in an attempt to feel more rested.
All in all, this book is a beautiful hard covered version of the goop website and while there are certainly some good recipes and references, it doesn’t exactly break new ground.
Also one more thing- Is adrenal fatigue a real thing?
** I was provided this book for review by Hatchette Book Group Canada. All opinions are solely my own.
Getting out of the house looking decent in the morning can be challenging when you have a gaggle of kids hanging off your leg, even with a helpful spouse like I have. Spending too much time getting ready while the kids are tearing up the joint downstairs while my husband does his level best to wrangle is super stressful for me.
A few months ago, my friend Kat got her brows micro bladed and I was CAPTIVATED. Her new and improved brows framed her face, were the perfect shape and semi- permanent! No pencils or powder required!
One night Kat and I were out for drinks with another friend Tina and Kat told us about a friend of a friend who was training to microblade and was looking for models to use. Tina literally texted her the next day and I followed suit. I also convinced my sister-in-law to do it too!
We were both super nervous about the pain and permanence of the procedure ahead of time. As I do, I spent a lot of time researching microbladding and I started to get excited about the prospect!
My SIL and I arrives at Sonia Marques home studio on a fall afternoon totally unsure about the entire process. SIL went first (I was chicken). Sonia consulted with her about the shape that she wanted and mapped her brows with grease pencil (looked nuts) and then applied the numbing gel. After about 20 minutes, Sonia began applying the dye via a teeny tiny blade. Yes- basically a super sharp scalpel. The first couple of cuts hurt quite a bit but not as much as I was anticipating ( I guess after two pregnancies and two c-sections, my pain threshold has increased). Sonia re-applied the numbing gel several times over the course of the work, so it hurt less and less.
When we left her studio, SIL and I were laughing at our bonkers dark brows! You are not allowed to wash your face for 24 hours so there is a lot of dye still on there and then as the brows scab and oxidize, they get SUPER dark. Here is a picture of me the day after.
I felt super self-conscious about how dark they were but look at that SHAPE!! So boss!
By day five I was really feeling my brows, although they were still quite dark.
I have to say that while getting my brows microbladded was a totally vanity based decision, I am so glad that I did it. I feel put together with even the smallest amount of makeup on and I think they give my face angles that it didn’t have before (I am a total moon pie face girl).
I have not regretted my decision to micro blade once in the last three months. I even looked forward to my one month touch up because I wanted them even MORE defined in some places.
If you are interested in microbladding and have waited on pulling the trigger DO IT!
If you are in the Toronto area, contact Sonia Marques! She will hook you up.